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Team of the Week: Matchday 31

12 February 2018

Another weekend has come and gone, and we've looked back at Matchday 31 to produce the latest EFL Team of the Week. Here it is...

Goalkeeper: Luke McGee - Milton Keynes Dons 1-2 Portsmouth

McGee returned to the line-up and proved a point to his boss, producing a string of fine saves to keep MK's goal tally down to one, laying the foundations for Pompey's stunning late comeback.

Defender: Charlie Clough - Barnet 1-0 Notts County

Clough was a rock at the back, strong in the tackle and putting his body on the line to deny Notts County in a much-needed home success.

Defender: Michael Hector - Nottingham Forest 0-2 Hull City

Hector and Hull produced a defensive masterclass, and the central defender showed he can play too, beginning the move which set up the second goal of the afternoon.

Defender: Matt Preston - Swindon Town 1-0 Mansfield Town

Preston starred at the heart of the defence in the absence of captain Olly Lancashire, helping to keep the Stags at bay as they suffered a first League Two defeat since 9th December.

Midfielder: Adama Traore - Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading

Traore terrorised the Reading defence throughout Boro's victory, grabbing a deserved brace at the Riverside.

Midfielder: Jack Grealish - Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham City

Grealish ran the show in the Second City derby win, claiming the Man of the Match award as the Villans racked up a seventh straight Championship victory and moved up to second.

Midfielder: John-Joe O'Toole - AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Northampton Town

January's Player of the Month kept up his good form with a trio of assists, winning an early penalty before laying on the two second-half strikes to seal maximum points.

Midfielder: Jordan Clark - Coventry City 0-2 Accrington Stanley

Clark was at the double as Accrington continued their promotion push, scoring a goal in each half to quieten a bumper crowd at the Ricoh Arena.

Forward: Mohamed Eisa - Cheltenham Town 5-1 Port Vale

A first EFL hat-trick for the Robins striker, who demonstrated his finishing prowess in an emphatic Whaddon Road win.

Forward: Billy Sharp - Sheffield United 2-1 Leeds United

Sharp reached EFL goal number 200 with a stunning volley, before scoring the decisive goal from the penalty spot.

Forward: Simon Cox - Southend United 3-1 Wigan Athletic

It's rare we'll include a striker without a goal in our selection, but Cox is the second man in the XI to provide three assists, helping the Shrimpers to a third straight win under Chris Powell.

Manager: Derek Adams - Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth's fine run of form continued with a come-from-behind success at promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town. Adams' game plan worked to perfection as the Pilgrims notched a third consecutive win.

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